Oil & Gas Land Contracts
October 11-12, 2017
Denver, CO

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This course will examine land use and issues related to the development of oil and natural gas resources; more specifically the documents, agreements and contracts used in the course of oil and natural gas development along with the permitting and entitlement process.   The instructor will examine the processes by which private persons and companies draft, negotiate, and utilize contracts and secure a host of land use approvals for the production of oil and natural gas.  A review of land administration best practices and strategies will also be discussed throughout the course. 

Learning Outcomes

  • Review the fundamentals of oil and natural gas land administration
  • Discuss methods for acquiring development rights
  • Analyze the development of oil and gas wells
  • Review basic contracts and agreements used in the oil & gas industry
  • Discuss the fundamentals of oil and gas permitting
  • Examine property and mineral ownership
  • Evaluate land management best practices
  • Discuss political realities impacting trends in oil & gas development



EUCI has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).  In obtaining this accreditation, EUCI has demonstrated that it  complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of their Authorized Provider status, EUCI is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.

EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 1.4 CEUs for this event.


Requirements for Successful Completion of Program

Participants must sign in/out each day and be in attendance for the entirety of the course to be eligible for continuing education credit.

Instructional Methods

Case studies, open discussion and PowerPoint presentations will be used in this program.


Wednesday, October 11, 2017

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. :: Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. :: Course Timing

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. :: Group Luncheon

Oil and Natural Gas Land Administration Fundamentals

  • Fundamental and Advanced Concepts of Land Use and Property Ownership
  • How Mineral Interests are Conveyed and Reserved
  • Understanding Split Estates – Creation and Legal Implications
  • Regulatory and Contract Processes
  • Understanding the Accommodation Doctrine & the Relative Rights of Surface Users and Mineral Owners

Methods of Acquiring Development Rights

  • Types of Deeds, Leases, Permits and Licenses
  • Best Practices for Moving Development Forward
  • The Role of Local Government (Home Rule Jurisdictions and Counties) and State Government in the Permitting Process

Development of Oil and Gas Wells

  • Understanding Contracts and Agreements
  • Types of Leases Involved
  • Master Service Agreements
  • Assignments
  • Farmouts
  • Joint Operating Agreements
  • Pooling Basics

Basic Contracts and Agreements

  • Basic Negotiation and Contract Law
  • The Oil and Gas Lease – Focus on the Producers 88
  • Mineral Transactions & Lease Agreements
  • Surface Rights & Surface Use Agreements
  • Joint Ventures
  • Contracts for Purchase and Sale of Land and Leases
  • Government Permits and Licenses – The Social License

Thursday, October 12, 2017

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. :: Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. :: Course Timing

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. :: Group Luncheon

Fundamentals of Oil and Gas Permitting

  • Process of Securing Permits – Federal, State, and Local Permits
  • Pooling Orders & the Pooling Process
  • Approvals and the Regulatory Process

Property and Mineral Ownership

  • Types of Property and Mineral Ownership
  • Law of Mineral Ownership and Conveying Property
  • Types of Conveyances
  • Understanding the Concept of Net Mineral Interests
  • The Right to Convey Leasehold Rights in the Light of Multiple Interest Owners

Land Administration Best Practices

  • Rules and Regulations
  • Best Practice Strategies
  • Lease Administration
  • Understanding the Relative Rights of Operators, Surface Owners, and Mineral Rights Owners

Political Realities Impacting Trends in Oil & Gas Development

  • The New Paradigm to the Role of Environmental Groups in Delaying the Permitting Process
  • The Legacy of the Dakota Access Pipeline


Ralph A. Cantafio, Partner and Attorney, Cantafio Hammond, P.C.

With an extensive history in law and knowledge of the Oil and Gas industry, Ralph practices oil and gas law in Alaska, Colorado, North Dakota, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming. Not only is Ralph a shareholder of a law firm, with office located in Denver and Steamboat Springs, Colorado, that emphasizes oil and gas law, but he is also an adjunct professor teaching oil and gas related classes. Ralph currently teaches in the Global Energy Management Program taught at the University of Colorado Denver. Mr. Cantafio has also lectured foreign professionals, primarily from Nigeria and China, focusing on international oil and gas law, industry, as well as international natural resources law.

His education includes not only a Juris Doctorate from the University of Colorado School of Law, but a Master of Science in Mineral Economics from the prestigious Colorado School of Mines and a Master of Science in Global Energy Management from the University of Colorado-Denver, where he now teaches.

With two professional oil and gas certificates in Petroleum Land Management and Energy Finance from the University of Denver, numerous professional affiliations, publications as well as numerous industry presentations, Ralph’s knowledge of the oil and gas industry is extensive.


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